That (Korean) American Dream: Minari (米纳里)

“Minari Minari, Wonderful Wonderful Minari“, little David sang while his grandmother plucked the Minari off the ground in the jungle, where she first planted it with seeds brought over from Korea. Read on the review as we share great things about the Korean drama centered in the Hollywood movie, Minari.

In search of the American Dream, Minari is a heart-warming story of a Korean American family led by Jacob Yi (Steven Yeun) and Monica Yi (Han Ye-ri) with the kids David Yi (Alan Kim) and Anne Yi (Noel Kate Cho) as they moved from the city to a little farm in Arkansas. The atmosphere in the home changed with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother (Youn Yuh-jung). Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari portrayed the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

Directed by Lee Isaac Chung, Minari was partly inspired by his own life as a Korean American boy growing up in Arkansas. It is quite endearing to witness the imparting of life values between the father and son. Being American, the Yi family ensured that the Korean heritage is not diminished and the arrival of the grandmother with the Go-Stop or Godori cards did the trick. The life lesson embedded in the film is that every single one of us is no different. As she plucks the Minari plants carefully she said, “poor people eat Minari, rich people eat Minari.

Without a doubt, this is an excellent film to watch with the family over the weekend! It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2020, a festival known for showcasing the largest variety of independent American-made films by highlighting its potential in the United States. On top of that, the film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globe this year.

Catch Minari at the cinemas from 11 March 2021! 

The Fifth Parlour would like to thank Encore Films for the invitation!

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